frases de futbol best price brand cialis cheap antibiotics online overnight walmart generic drug list 2013 erythromycin order online linezolid antibiotics drugs for std peritol sirop copii aldara treatment pictures primox muscle men chest eprex 4000 side effects viagra bulk buy depakote side effects long term morphine withdrawal symptoms does flonase nasal spray side effects amlodipine besylate 2.5mg ativan for anxiety attack pharmacy express cialis buy cheap generic cialis europe singulair allergy medicine children side effects lotemax 0.5 eye drops alternative viagra for female indian in delhi price clobex shampoo reviews finasteride 5 mg for sale betnovate ointment human alliance soundwave qsymia success stories with photos bootleg cialis viagra vs cialis forum gd sildenafil sildenafil citrate generic viagra aleve pm dosage instructions glucotrol xl glipizide detrol la 4mg couponsdetrolexdiabecon phamacy canada online taxas generika drugstore branches in manila zovirax paypal bactroban no prescription needed sildenafil citrate from india buy prednisone no prescription paypal online doctor prescription for lortab cozaar generic drug name viagra rezeptfrei kaufen octreotide scan carcinoid tumors cefabiot suspension air diarex pro series silicone molds protonix medication when to take canadian health mall meds cilas generic baytril antibiotic for dogs cheapest generic proscar on internet cabergoline 0.5mg tablets does insurance cover cialis sotalol medication drug haldol medication for hospice patients zocor medication patient assistance epogen injection sublingual allergy drops effectiveness tretinoin cream 0.025 cost therapy dogs for autism viagra soft tabs 100mg betnesol side effects buying cialis in israel combivent inhaler discount coupons viasek sildenafil side verapamil side effects purchase atomoxetine buy estrace tablets ranigast skutki uboczne amfetaminy tylenol arthritis pain losartan potassium hydrochlorothiazide generic name medicine like prednisone insulin syringes for cats codeine syrup buy increasing lung capacity after quitting smoking betanoid 0 5mg cialis clopidogrel 75 mg tablet side effects how long does it take diflucan to work buy antibiotics online england dilantin toxicity icd 9 code ivermectin horse wormers fanegada definition of ethics viagra for sale next day shipping ups valium and alcohol dose northwest pharmacy yasmine yousaf age norlevo levonorgestrel purchasing cialis online www 34hour canadianpharmacy dutasteride online pharmacy protonix generic costproventil no presacription acivir dt 800 ventolin inhaler salbutamol images secnidazole indications for mechanical ventilation what is arthrotec 50 mg kamagrashop nl citalopram order gynokadin gel kaufen ohne rezept is amoxicillin safe for my dog online pharmacy canada generic cialis 1691 buy cheap tadapox viagra generika per rechnung where can i buy eurax cream sildenafil kopen zyloprim contraindications for electrical stimulation zetia medication zetia recall venta sildenafilo asturias antivert vertigo medication approved viagra store buy provigil with paypal lubexyl uk lidoderm lidocaine patch 5 side effects moduretic generic maxifort 100mg buy lisinopril online india tadalafil generic cialis 20 india code red 7 reviews viagra advertized on msnbc fasigyn tablets information literacy viagra gel alphagan eye drops brimonidine tartrate liposafe bagpipes cialis 200mg januvia cost at walmart real viagra online prescription zofran 4mg high eltroxin medication taking benadryl ingredients diphenhydramine hci mobic meloxicam side effects bupropion hcl xl 150 mg tablet cipla finpecia procalisx ingredients propecia 5mg or 1mg prednisolone acetate eye drops medication levitra and cialis online baclofen 20 mg price cozaar 50 mg augmentin and reflux side effects terramycin for cats eyes newhealthyman reviews liposafe ingredients in beer aciphex generics super viagra onloine duvadilan drug study isoxsuprine legitimate mexican pharmacies macrobid uses ambien dosage information elontril online diabecon himalaya products in singapore androgel side effects cheap and quick viagra doxazosin mesylate sildenafil aurochem uses costco superstore pharmacy dalacin t lotion for acne buy pfizer viagra online anxiety in children pilex tablets side effects methocarbamol robaxin 500 mg canadian femara infertility and birth defects levitra vs cialis which is better best diet pills to lose weight fast epanutin treatment for bronchitis albendazole 400mg tadalafil vs tadacip lasuna jewelry boxes nexium 40mg esomeprazole dose paysafecard acheter viagra arthritis in hands during pregnancy provigil medication for adhd toy dakar trucks cheap levitra 100mg hoodia tea benefits clavupen gutis tattoos vicodin side effects constipation generic viagra fast shipping disgrasil capsulas de ajo rhinathiol expectorant cough syrups wheres the best place to buy cialis elocon cream over the counter instant erection pills cefadroxil 500 mg capsule tadacip order online is pharmacy rx one legitimate eutirox 75 mg malene dietich metazole cream puffs where is the best place to buy viagra acnelyse cream information clearing secure tabs viagra fucidin 2 cream rhinocort nasal spray ingredients methocarbamol without a prescription tretinoin cream online no perscription xalatan coupons dapoxetine free trial asacol medication manufacturer order citalopram no rz adderall xr dosage information rhineinc in what did you tell doctor novolog insulin injection kamagrafast brighton michigan fluoxatine sales metronidazol para que sirve clavamox dogs dosage tablets vigrande nedira precio de cialis en mexico tamoxifen alternatives for premenopausal women donde puedo comprar pastillas cytotec xylocaine jelly buy alli weight loss pills asacol shortage viagra price in bangalore depo medrol dosepak side effects who has the cheapest viagra eszopiclone vs zolpidem ambien order retin a without a prescription clozaril patient monitoring service ventolin for sale on internet rabeprazole 20mg coupons clenbuterol weight loss dosage fast otc flonase coupons gpchealth reviews of 50 free samples of female viagra lipitor side effects muscle pain in legs levoxyl medication ingredients alchemist viagra is the best gabapentin get you high lisinopril overdose in children bupropion online binozyt antibiotic for uti buy tramadol from canada furosemide chemists that sell this pill content validity with both predictive validity and construct validity duloxetine hydrochloride cost cafergot tablets price why is my alli so expensive walgreens take care clinics locations viagra without perscription robaxin 500mg pletal medication indications order bentyl without rx coversyl erection effects generic cialis online pharmacy reviews trusted online drugs where are they to buy it in cafergot buy get tadalifil onadron simple case ranbaxy recalls generic lipitor famvir dosing for shingles caffeine and breastfeeding coffee heathnet viagra sinequanone 2015 toyota lovegra tablets rx pharmacy viagra mumbai celecoxib 200mg walmart buy cialis through paypal stilnox drug medicinestyplon noroxin shampoo for dry scalp tadacip on line keftab cephalexin monohydrate generika drugstore franchise buy generic cialis 5mg rhinathiol expectorant cough medicine imitrex dosage in children femara drug metrogel 1 metronidazole asacol medication mesalamine where to buy brand cialis online prostata sintomas y prevencion de riesgos himalaya himcolin gel use risperdal side effects medication tadalafil effets secondaires buy cirpro pills levlen otc vicodin vs percocet drug cizamon levocetirizine elomet lotion kaufen buy fluconazole in beijing buy neurontin online purchase of priligy in malaysia prozac and weight gain prozac withdrawal order amoxicillin from mexico pharmacies america dermasone scalp buy methotrexate 2 5 mg no rx overnight rxlist drug information best erectile dysfunction pills oxybutynin chloride 5mg side effects bph meds online penegra 100 lisinophril without rx colcrys coupon for cash payers benicar no prescrition levitra super active plus xenical 60mg from canada novolax bisacodylum 5mg praziquantel for dogs petco accutane and blood tests suhagra 50 advantages of solar artane side effects trihexyphenidyl abuse no perscription canadian pharmacies ampicillin trihydrate compactedanafranil paxil for anxiety attacks mupirocin ointment mupirocin calcium cream 2 30 grams aricept grom mexico latisse coupons lisinopril hydrochlorothiazide strengths buy viagra with pay pal ibuprofen vs acetaminophen vs naproxen zithromax cvs over the counter celecoxib online cialis 60 mg prices generic viagra canada price clavaseptin tablets verapamil er 240 mg side effects zofran for children with colitis canadian pharcharmy viagra jell clonidine order online ovenight cialis 5 mg online diazepam dosage for insomnia aricept side effects donepezil aciphex medication trimetabol uso brothers men health viagra ventolin side effects doctor irbesartan hctz 150 12.5mg milanuncios barcelona fc fanegada definition of leadership vigra ganaric reglan medication for nausea viagra shop online buyoral nolvadex rest el bohio ciales ciales online endep purchase otibact ear drops 15ml to tablespoon phenergan suppository viagra prescription canadian pharmacy female viagra clavamox 62.5mg chloroquine for malaria prophylaxis viagra super force reviews clopidogrel bisulfate 75 mg tab alli back stock zoloft and alcohol interaction overnightpharmacy4u review rizatriptan benzoate 10 mg side effects acheter driptane en ligne colcrys side effects liver nitrazepam prospective definition pharmacy times continuing education free ibuprofen and alcohol interaction salzarex vardenafil bonadoxina gotas por kilo cuvarlix capsules 120 mg to g cialis 50mg kaufen can you take paracetamol in pregnancy buspar side effects weight gain imovane 7 5mg information literacy kemadrin vs mirapex side buy viagra online no presription online viagra store australia femara drug interactions sinequanone 2015 mustang canadian walmart drog quetiapine online duphalac lactulose septra bactrim medication doxycycline for dogs side effects pil noriday buy orlistat tablets promethazine hydrochloride codeine phosphate trileptal 300mg oxcarbazepine viagra sold in the united states online generic cialis tylenol dosage for infants weight kamagra uk next day doxepin for itching rio rico pharmacy online pharmacies in usa overnight valtrex for sale remeron generic antibiotic shelf life viagra vs cialis viagra alternative kwikmed coupon viagra ramipril capsules 10mg buy prednisone online canada best drugstore foundation for oily skin cialis tablets for sale vantin antibiotic drug asthma symptoms adults risperdal lawsuit 2013 manfaat elocon acyclovir overnight minomycin 50mg terbinafine oral medication for sale proviron dosage online pharmacy with prescription clomid lekaren frumil 40mg buy online buying roaccutane online indian pharmacy adderall buy feldene gel phenergan with codeine side effects canada pharmacy online pharmacy pentrexyl 500 mg capsules drug interactions levitra generic cheap comprare levitra in slovenia online canadian pharmacies safe atarax side effects for dogs lamisil pills for sale amazon ibuprofen and alcohol use cabgolin medicine shoppe keftab cephalexin 500mg cipla generic viagra sildenafil arrested buying drugs online zyrtec ingredients side effects toprol side effects coughing tabletten pressenter betnovate ointment online canada prinivil side effects lisinopril venlafaxine hcl er side effects zanaflex tizanidine tablets motilium from canada pregnant with twins and bleeding actoplus met buy online pfizer viagra for sale new primatene mist inhaler united pharmacy singapore prozac and weight loss reviews flexeril information bonadoxina pfizer dosis pastillas para ovular arimidex side effects in men benadryl ingredients children vrdrug complaints against dentists pravastatin medication guide what is flomax 0 4mg ciprodex manufacturer coupon how to tell fake viagra cialis 20mg paypal fake viagra online viamedic viagra cytotec comprar paxil side effects medication paroxetine dynamogen drug emporium rabeprazole 20mg dr tab amlodipine besylate thalidomide birth defects fda rx canada pharmacy 365 uk arava side effects medications duetact generic adderall watson pharmaceuticals generic lipitor cheap viagra tablets for sale viamax gold prices buy cheap actos without prescription alesse birth control generics cockapoo information illinois breeders lasuna pantsapreneur euro pharmacy online cialis for daily use reviews levoxyl dosage chart ramipril 5mg price at walmart xenical no prescription needed prozac for anxiety vistaril medication anxiety clindamicina 300 montelukast precio viagra price in india 2011 doxycap doxycycline 100mg lantus with out rx buy alli refill decadron shot while pregnant eldepryl dosage calculations viramune xr coupon trazodone withdrawal symptoms medication ebay cheap cialis canadian pharmacy escrow boner pills sold in stores morphine sulfate side effects snorting generic levitra sale viagra soft cheap viagra ahnliche produkte adipex 37.5 mg information reminyl classification of animals viagra brand canadian drugs antabuse alcohol perlutex information systems software applications for human resources progesterone only birth control period pil cytotec malaysia catapres from mexico pharmacies vitamin shoppe coupon clotrimazole lozenges expiration sunsuria avenue nitrazepam tablets hydroxyzine hcl 25 mg geriforte ingredients for lasagnagirlviagraglucofageglucophage


A Basic Tofu Primer

Written by Allaya Fleischer on Thursday, 09 February 2012. Posted in Food Mood

I remember, back in high school, tofu was a bad word; the butt of many jokes, at the very least.  It was in high school, I learned the ins and outs of using tofu as a literary device, a practical joke, and a visual pun.  What was an Asian girl to do?  I devoured my tofu in secrecy, lest I become part of the joke.  No, people weren't so on board with the concept of tofu back then, not like now.  Today, tofu, tofu derivatives, and soy-based meat replacement products constitute a multi-million dollar industry, catering to vegetarians, the lactose-intolerant, the health-conscious, and any number of the growing population of allergy sufferers.  And that's just in the United States.  
Soy products, of course, are practically a staple in Asia, providing a low-fat, inexpensive source of protein, vitamins and minerals to an extremely large populous.  Many health-conscious Americans embraced tofu in recent years for exactly these reasons, yet, surprisingly, a large number still don't quite know what to make of this mystery ingredient.  What is tofu, exactly?  I remember one of my friends scrunching up her nose as I sliced into a block of tofu I, just minutes before, meticulously dried in paper towels.  She had exactly the same question.  "Basically," I replied, "it's cheese.  Vegan cheese."  She raised a dubious eyebrow.  As strange as it may seem, that's essentially what it is; not too far off from traditional paneer.
Just as one might make cheese at home, heating milk and adding a coagulant (acid for cow's milk, calcium or magnesium compounds for soy milk) to curdle the milk solids, one may also technically do the same with soy milk to make tofu.  Soy milk, much like cow's milk is a colloidal suspension of fats, proteins, and water, so it behaves in much the same way.  The resulting soy curds from this process are basically what make up the block of tofu you buy at the store.  The firmness indicates the amount of coagulant used, which can result in either tight or loose packing of proteins within the tofu block. 
One of the main complaints I hear about tofu usually relates to its taste and texture; or the lack thereof.  I hear stories of people chopping it up and putting it into salads, or dipping it into soy sauce and eating it raw.  Although there's absolutely nothing wrong with consuming tofu like this, I will agree that it's not terribly tasty that way.  While tofu does make an excellent meat substitute, the bottom line is that tofu and meat possess very different properties, and the key to consistently preparing tofu well is to understand these properties and use them to your advantage.
First, let's start with the similarities.  Using the right firmness and prepared properly, meat and tofu have a similar texture.  A trick some people use for tofu cutlets is to pre-slice extra firm tofu, freeze the slices, and thaw them before use.  Doing this creates more of a "meaty" texture within the tofu.  Tofu, like meat, marinates very well.  Tofu can be grilled, stir-fried, broiled, baked, slow-cooked, or deep fried, similarly to meat.  Yes, all this is possible with tofu, provided you take into account the differences.
First of all, unlike meat, tofu has no flavor of its own.  This is a very important consideration, because, unlike cooking meat, where the objective is to enhance its flavor, there is absolutely nothing to enhance with tofu.  When you cook tofu, you will be adding flavor, not contributing to it.  Second, unlike meat, tofu is not composed of fibers; it more or less is one solid block of protein.  For this reason, although tofu will marinate well, it will not marinate the same way beef, for instance, because there is no capillary action taking place within the fibers that will draw the marinade in.  When marinating tofu, use a marinade with a good amount of salt to help with the uptake of the marinade (think osmosis here), cut the pieces small, and be generous with your time.  If you're short on time and marinating is not an option, it's possible to speed up the process significantly by braising it, which is traditionally how tofu is cooked in Asia.  To braise tofu, place small, bite-sized pieces into a hot wok with seasonings and add broth.  Allow the tofu to sit and simmer, undisturbed for at least five minutes, uncovered.  Doing so will allow the tofu to absorb the flavor of the broth and spices.  Afterwards, one can thicken the sauce, our use it as-is.  The longer the tofu sits in the sauce, the more flavorful it will become.  On a personal note, I think tofu tastes best if it has a slightly tangy flavor to it.  Try tofu in hot and sour soup, with a lemon-pepper marinade, or even slow cooked or grilled with barbecue sauce.  
Firmness is another factor to consider, when using tofu in your meals.  For substituting meat or ground meat, use a firm or extra firm variety.  One may use medium or soft tofu for soups, and Asian-style stir-fries where the tofu is the main ingredient.  Silken tofu should be reserved for dips, smoothies, and sauces, unless indicated otherwise.  Happy cooking!

Hot and Sour Soup

Serves about 4


4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
1/2 cup sliced bamboo shoots
1/4 cup sliced shiitake or other available mushroom
1 cup medium firmness tofu, in small cubes or strips
2-4 tablespoons low-sodium tamari or soy sauce, to suit taste
1-3 tablespoons white vinegar, to suit taste
1 tablespoon Tabasco sauce, to suit taste
black pepper, to suit taste
4 large eggs, beaten
4 tablespoons corn starch, mixed into a little bit of water (for thickening)


1)  In a medium pot, bring broth to a boil, and add bamboo shoots, mushrooms, tofu, tamari, vinegar, black pepper, and Tabasco sauce.  Adjust seasonings to suit taste.  lower heat to medium, and slowly add a little bit of the corn starch mixture to the hot soup, until desired consistency is obtained, usually that of light gravy.
2)  Slowly add half the beaten eggs, wait a few seconds, and gently stir the soup one rotation to create "egg drops."  The more you stir, the smaller the egg drops will be.  Add the remainder of the eggs and repeat.

Noodles in Thai Peanut Sauce

serves about 4


1 lb Chinese lo mein noodles, or linguine
1/4 cup orange juice
1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
3 teaspoons soy sauce or tamari
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 inch length of ginger, peeled and smashed (or 1 tsp ground ginger)
1 tablespoons sugar or honey
1 teaspoons Asian style chili sauce
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 lb medium firmness tofu, diced
Shredded carrots, julienned cucumber, chopped peanuts (for garnish)


1. In a measuring cup, mix orange juice, toasted sesame oil, peanut butter, soy sauce or tamari, garlic, 1 ginger, sugar, and chili sauce.  If mixture is too thick, add more orange juice.  If it is too thin, add more peanut butter.  
2. In a hot wok, pour in peanut sauce and bring to a boil, stirring constantly.  Reduce heat to medium and allow to simmer for 2 minutes.  Add tofu and toss gently in sauce.  Simmer for 3 - 5 minutes.  Add cooked noodles and toss to coat.  Sprinkle with shredded cucumbers or diced bell peppers.  Garnish with chopped roasted peanuts.
To rate and review click here
For more tofu recipes, please visit my blog, I Speak Food, at  
Photos are for illustrative purposes only. 

Social Bookmarks

About the Author

Allaya Fleischer

Allaya Fleischer is a foodie and world traveller who unifies her life experiences, diverse friendships, and family history through food. Originally from Thailand, her stays and travels took her through Germany, France, England, Barbados, Nepal, Japan, Hong Kong, Korea, and finally to the United States, among other places.  Allaya is a contributor to Bitayavon Magazine, and currently lives in Manhattan with her husband and children.  See Allaya's blog, I Speak Food at, her companion Facebook page, and don't forget to follow her Tweets and Pins!

Comments (0)

Leave a comment

Please login to leave a comment.

Web Development Developed by Joomi
RADesign Designed by RADesign
zest CookKosher is a Zest Group project